The stars of the local business community will be shining this spring when the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie Beauharnois, Valleyfield, Haut-Saint-Laurent (CCIBVHSL) will hold a second edition of its illustrious Nova ceremony on May 2.
The first edition of the Nova ceremony took place in 2022 as a way for the local chamber of commerce to recognize businesses that stood out during the pandemic through their innovation, community involvement, and overall performance.
“The evening proved to be much more than a celebration; it was a vibrant tribute to the excellence and remarkable success of our outstanding local business community,” said CCIBVHSL president Suzanne Carrière during a press conference on February 1 announcing the return of the event.
Carrière explained that while the evening provided a prestigious platform for the businesses recognized, it also provided an opportunity to create and strengthen links between local economic players. A second edition will maintain this positive momentum, she noted, while strengthening a sense of belonging and pride within the community by showcasing new businesses, rewarding innovation, and reflecting the diversity of the local economic fabric.
CCIBVHSL director general Eliane Galipeau then spoke about the categories for this year’s awards, which will highlight business transfers and succession, young entrepreneurs and new businesses, as well as community contributions. An overall organization of the year will be named, and top honours for businesses of the year will differentiate between those with fewer than 20 employees and those with larger workforces. Bonus points in the last two categories will be attributed to those with sustainable development plans.
Galipeau confirmed the deadline to apply for any of the award categories is March 13. She also announced the launch of a new writing assistance program in partnership with Communications MJB to help businesses complete the application process. The deadline to take advantage of this service is February 23.
The finalists in each category will be unveiled in early April to allow time for the CCBVHSL to produce short visual clips on each business that will be projected during the event on May 2 at Valspec’s Salle Albert-Dumouchel in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield.
The organizing committee confirmed that the evening will be animated by none other than Jessica Stafford and Louis-Charles Miron. Beauharnois MNA Claude Reid has also confirmed his support for the evening and will serve as a presenter, as well as Steve Charland, the co-owner of Régate Kia Valleyfield and Mitsubishi Valleyfield.
Tickets for the prestigious event will go on sale as of March 13.